Cannabis, CBD, & The Munchies

Cannabis, CBD and The Munchies

Cannabis users can experience a range of side effects. One of those can include getting the “munchies.” We’ll define the “munchies” as  heightened desire for salty, sweet or fatty carbohydrate-rich foods. What causes this? And is there anything you can do about it?

Why do we get the munchies?

The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids including the main psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with CBD being the other popular non-psychoactive compound. THC is responsible for the “high” many people experience when using cannabis. But it’s also primarily responsible for the increase in food cravings people get when taking the drug.

Studies have indicated that THC stimulates the endocannabinoid system, a complex area of the brain that regulates feeding behavior and energy balance. THC interacts with receptors in our brain that regulate emotions, pain and our sense of smell and taste, and can also promote the release of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger.

While most might find getting the “munchies” and potential weight gain as an unwanted side effect, appetite stimulation is exactly the result that many elderly patients or those suffering from cancer or other serious illnesses are looking for.

Further, some users enjoy consuming cannabis and then waiting extra time before enjoying a really delicious meal. They claim that cannabis helps them enjoy the meal even more.

For those looking to avoid the munchies

According to a well-known dietitian, if you’re trying to stop yourself from overeating, try drinking as much water as possible before you get high.

But, there is no credible scientific evidence around this subject, so keep that in mind. 

By contrast, CBD products are said to not cause the “munchies.” However, consuming CBD may induce a greater sense of appetite by reducing nausea and pain. Therefore, CBD is a regularly used product by cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers, and low-appetite individuals.

If you’re looking to control the calories, is there anything you can do?

Getting answers with Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Using Jointly, you can learn about products and methods which may reduce or eliminate the side effects you are experiencing.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

Then, Jointly helps you learn how to use those products to their full potential. You can determine your optimal dose, and learn how the quality of your cannabis experience can be impacted by sleep, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

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